Mahdokht Sanati holds degrees in early childhood education and social & psychological counseling. In 1994, she co-founded the Society for Protecting the Rights of the Child in Iran. As a social activist, she has spearheaded numerous organizations including acting as Director of Organization for Rural Women’s Education in Iran and Director of Association In Support of Children’s Rights in Iran.

Sanati is an award winning writer and translator. Her more recent publications include Women of Shadow & Light and Letters, Writings, and Remembrances, a three-volume work on the life of Sedigheh Dowlatabadi.  She was an active member of the Children’s Book Council from 1961-1975. She co-authored the textbook on children’s literature entitled “Gozari Dar Adabeyat-e Koodakan” alongside Lily Ayman and Turan Mirhadi.